Well, as is my M.O., it’s been a long time since my last post. It seems that while lacking in my reviews, people do enjoy bottle photos, so here are a few.
I was recently able to get my hands on some great sample from Yosh, including her new, reformulated Sombre Negra. She came up with one of the coolest ways of providing a sample too – along with the vial of Sombre Negra, she includes a stick with paper mustache attached that’s been sprayed. When you hold the mustache up to your face, you smell the gorgeous fragrance. It’s about the most clever way of making a sample and perfectly fitting.
I’ll leave the actual reviewing to those in better practice and reputation, but I will say that I enjoyed SN from first encounter and decided I had to get a bottle. It’s extremely masculine in the traditional sense of actual notes, but not necessary in actual wear – I’m sure I’d love it on my wife as well. After I got the sample and wore it a couple times, I had to head to CES in Las Vegas for work. It only dawned on me after I was on the plane that the Barney’s I have purchased so much from (and photographed on this blog) was across the street from the Mirage, where I was staying. One of the days I had a couple free hours, I headed over for some sniffing. After sampling some underwhelming Byredo scents (but one I did like – Accord Oud) and Arquiste Parfumeur (which I really loved and got a few samples of – I’m sure to add some of those soon), I liberally sprayed myself with Sombre Negra and continued poking around the store for a bit. It came down to the Yosh and one of the Arquiste scents I was wearing, but the Yosh ended up being the one I came away with.
I’d call my trip to Vegas a success – I came back $40 in the black, thoroughly tired, and with an incredible new scent. Here are a few shots of my unpacking it when I got home.